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Old 02-22-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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Dreaming of spring and using the new A/S!

Hello! We got snowed under here today in PA. I'm sitting here tonight thinking about the dinnerware we should put in the new trailer. Yes, after a tent camping trip in the rain, a year and a half in a pop-up including a trip to Fort Wildernesss, we decided to do it right! We purchased a new 28' International a few months ago and have it sitting in a storage facility. We were going to take it out a few weeks ago and had an ice storm! Is it spring yet?

Anyway, we're a couple in our 40's with two girls-5 and almost 2. We're all so excited to get out there!

Now I'm going to see if anyone here talks about trivial things like decorating! You know, where to get bedding to fit a curved mattress, should we use plastic dinnerware, etc.

Looking forward to learning from all of you!

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Old 02-22-2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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hi 'bell and welcome to the forums...

SURE we think about plates and sheets and all sorts of essential supplies...

here is a short list complied for another newbie recently...

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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ring-3099.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ing-21910.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ory-25125.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ies-24744.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...get-27685.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...ory-31739.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...eam-30527.html

there are some basic or common themes...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...0-a-19725.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ill-20888.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...use-15687.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f444...ote-34319.html

including the kitchen...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...chen-5410.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...hes-28954.html

and don't forget the food!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ips-36249.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ine-20163.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...one-34953.html

or the toolbox...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...box-30378.html

and the connection...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-26279.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...cle-29377.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...tor-21638.html

don't forget safety issues...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...des-37028.html

and something to read and wear ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f318...nts-20812.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...get-22803.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f224...you-19027.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...yle-39847.html
and a couple more threads missed in that string...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...tic-21357.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...tic-20471.html

then there is the quintessential decorating-n-accessory-n-travel thread...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f396...ast-29471.html

have fun stocking it and dreaming of 'streaming...

and good luck with those funky fitted sheets, they are available from the a/s store and some other sheet vendors too.

cheers
2air'

and don't forget to POST some pix...

we love seeing new sheet metal (including the ford)!
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:13 PM   #3
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Wow! Thanks so much for the great info-I have lots of reading to do! Here is the photo taken at the dealer!

2008 Airstream International Signature 28'
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:20 PM   #4
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all right!

great photo.

that sure looks like a colonial kodak moment ?

cheers
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:43 PM   #5
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Gotta love Colonial! My dh was bummed that they didn't get his TV in another shot, but we didn't actually hook it up and take it home on this day.

Man, I gotta get to sleep-this could get addictive!
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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Thanks, again, for this great list! I was searching for info on camping with young kids-specifically how to kid-proof the trailer. I found a thread where someone was thinking about living in the A/S with an infant and you chimed in. So, just thought I'd ask you if you know where I could find more info on the topic of kids not trashing the trailer? For example, the cushions are that light cilantro green-how do we keep them clean? The microwave is at eye level for my little one-that's going to be a fun toy! Anyone talk about this stuff?
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hi 'bell...

the only sure way to keep the kids from trashing the trailer...

is to sell them on ebay!

kid proofing/making it safe is a very important issue.

lots of folks here travel with kids, so i'm sure they can give u lots of help....

search for a thread on this topic or just start one...

something like "how to kid proof a trailer" or "running with scissors" or "stop hitting your sister right now!"...

well u get the idea...

on the upholstery thing...

-resign yourself to dirty cushions...
-cover them and occasionally wash the covers...
-ban all sitting...

or read here

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...ers-39844.html

cheers
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:51 AM   #8
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Man, I gotta get to sleep-this could get addictive!
Yeah...but what a great addiction.

2air's just about covered it, youv'e got your work cut out for you.

WELCOME ABOARD, and keep post'n those pic's
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:09 AM   #9
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Shellbell,
Welcome to Aistreaming and the forum, you'll love it. You will find lots of useful information and helpful people here in the forums.
We too are in our mid-forties and waiting for spring to get our Airstreams on the road. We live right down I78 from you, outside Hamburg, PA and have had the same winter weather you are experiencing in Allentown. Our daughter is grown and we were blessed with a grandson in October, so again like you, we are concerned about making our trailers baby friendly and safe.

When you get on the road be sure to check out the Penn Wood Airstream Park in Limestone, PA. We loved the people and the campgrouns so much there that we are leasing a site. If you get there this season, look us up in site A-46. As well you also need to go to Virginia Highland Haven and Jersey Shore Airstream Haven. They are all great inexpesive places to stay and the people are great too.

As for dinnerware we use Corelle, the stuff is indestructible. For bedding we use a trav-a-sak and we love them, although we do not have the curved mattress. With the trav-a-sak all you need is a mattress topper and a fitted cover sheet. You may want to check out Camping World for sheets for your mattress, but beware, Camping World is just as addictive as Airstreaming. As for decorating, we are minimalists and don't do too much in the way of decorating the Airstream. Trailer cleaning isn't too bad. We keep a dirt devil handy and do our best to keep the inside of the trailer clean. We have outside shoes and trailer shoes and that goes a long way towards keeping the interior clean. Although the dog is a challenge since he has no footware . Our 2006 has some carpet which I am thinking of replacing with laminate or linoleoum. Our "new" 1987 had ugly mauve carpet and I just got finished replacing it with a laminate wood floating floor, here is the thread with some pictures of the project...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f209...ons-39167.html

Again weclome to Airstreaming and the forums and enjoy your your Airstream, it keeps getting better year after year.
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:31 AM   #10
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we've airstreamed with our little one since he was a newborn (now nearly 5!), and there are some unique challenges. However, our a/s is an old one, and configured much differently, so I don't know that I would have any usefull tips. one frustration w/ the 70's trailers: no real way to baby-proof the cabinets. newer models, though, are much like what you find in any house, and as such, can be fitted w/ standard cabinet locks. Anyway, we had to just get creative...like, the knives are stored in an overhead cabinet, because there's no way to secure the existing flatware drawers.

luckily for us, S is just not the type of kid that is/was constantly "into stuff". just a personality thing, really. I know, with some, it would be a nightmare.
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Hello! We got snowed under here today in PA. I'm sitting here tonight thinking about the dinnerware we should put in the new trailer. Yes, after a tent camping trip in the rain, a year and a half in a pop-up including a trip to Fort Wildernesss, we decided to do it right! We purchased a new 28' International a few months ago and have it sitting in a storage facility. We were going to take it out a few weeks ago and had an ice storm! Is it spring yet?

Anyway, we're a couple in our 40's with two girls-5 and almost 2. We're all so excited to get out there!

Now I'm going to see if anyone here talks about trivial things like decorating! You know, where to get bedding to fit a curved mattress, should we use plastic dinnerware, etc.

Looking forward to learning from all of you!

Shellbell
Congratulations on your new Airstream!

We were a couple in our 40's with two young girls (8 & 3) when we bought our CCD, and it has been a fantastic decision! We are eagerly anticipating our 4th season of 'streaming.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:02 AM   #12
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We just received our first grandchild in October, way cool!
We have always done the child proofing thing to some degree, but I have also been a big proponent of also teaching the child the meaning of "No". It seems that there are always those situations where the "childproofing" wasn't adequate.
I know, you don't want to stifle the poor kids personality...
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Boy, do we know the frustration! We purchased our AS back in early November and the dealer would keep it for us until spring. We've stopped in a couple of times just to see it, walk around in it, touch it and tell it how much we miss it. Next Friday is our six hour walk through - learning as much about it as we can. Then we'll hitch it up to the TV and haul it away from there. It will truley be ours at that time. Unfortunately, the ground it so covered with snow - mountains of it piles high in the parking lots. Everyone is sick of winter. We've got trips planned for summer - places to go and see and do and all based on the AS. We are so looking forward to it. We've toured Europe 15-20 times and now it's time to see this country. I'll retire come April 1st and then we'll start going and seeing and doing! Can't help you with the childproofing questions but wanted you to know you are not alone in the frustrations of waiting for spring! Enjoy the days of 'streamin. We had planned a six day visit to Lancaster, PA in August. Hope you enjoy your travels.
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